The falsehoods being perpetrated against the animal enterprise industry is unconscionable. This is about animal welfare, people who know everything about animals, defending themselves against those who know nothing.
There's no question that animal advocacy is a challenging endeavor, and changing public attitudes and laws to protect animals from cruelty and suffering is a long, painstaking process. But, each year, we find that we are making significant progress -- even if it's slower than we'd like.
To answer this question personally, what you experience in the circus very much depends on the type of circus and what kind of job you're doing. Touring shows are full of hard work, bad food, and incidents that make for great stories later on.
She was grinning from ear to ear. Her honey-brown complexion was beaming like the noon-day sun in the middle of a Texas summer. Her gait was a gleeful bounce -- the kind most kids have around December 24th when they know exactly what Santa brought them this year.
Clowning is a compulsion. The pull of clowning is inescapable. So it was for Joan Fernández Cabrera. "I feel a little magic," is how Joan Fernández Cabrera describes his transformation into his clown alter ego, Cantaleta -- a hyperactive blend of mischief, athleticism and a hapless romantic.
Of all the many trapeze artists I've had the pleasure to present, not a single one ever considered such a career in flight as a plan B or something to hold them over until their real dream kicked in. The trapeze is either for you or it is not.
The arts cast a peculiar spell. Relationships are forged and avenues are explored that likely would have never been considered. For some time, Jerry was simply a character, a fun-loving fan of The Greatest Show On Earth whose presence and kindness was much appreciated.
The Elephant's No Longer in the Room: Four Lessons Animal Rights Groups, Zoos and Circuses can Learn From the Shift at Ringling Brothers
Continuing to demonize animal venues would be a sell-out of the movement's higher mission. Circuses and zoos can be among the strongest and most effective allies for animal protection, if we mix pressure with praise, and collaborate with integrity.
There was some backstage flirting, but nothing serious until Jonathan told Priscilla that he wanted to get to know her better. That summer they began dating seriously and fell in love. Dating was easy since they were always in the same city with the circus and had the same schedule.